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« Reply #15 on: August 05, 2010, 04:49:35 AM »

No argument from me that as a primary system a dedicated Garmin, Raymarine, etc blow away an ipad or iphone for most marine functions.

I do think that a device like an Ipad has a place on a boat for several reasons.


#1 i originally heard this in photography, but i think it applies here also. The best GPS / chart plotter in the world is the one you have with you. I can honestly say that my ipad saved me from a major disaster a few weeks ago when i was in st john USVI.  We have a home there for over 15 years. I know the islands like the back of my hand and can take you to some of the most amazing snorkel places & beaches in the world.  I was in a 33 fountain rental boat (no electronics on board) heading for Jost van dyke BVI (a trip i have made over 100 times before) and i counted the bays wrong and if it wasnt for my Ipad beeping i would have run onto a reef.  i missed the marker since i wasnt looking for it and spent the rest of the trip thanking steve jobs for making such an incredible device. WHile data services dont work far out the GPS does and if you download the navonics maps you do have a pretty good self contained chart plotter.  (direct sunlight makes it a little hard to see, but fits nicely into a ebox with a towel or two stuffed behind it holing it into place.

#2) at the dock the data services are FAR better then xm for wave reports or weather. i think my Garmin package sucks. its hard to get to what i want and it is slow to download data.

#3) i feel your pain on the data charges for several devices. (My wife and i have an armada of laptops, iphones, ipads, past and present) I keep a Verizon Mifi on the boat (wireless access point) for our laptops and iphones / ipads. (i have the 3G ipad but found the service to be so slow that i carry a sprint 4G access point with me for business use)

#4) MY latest app is so simple and at first glance may appear useless but I LOVE it. the app is called V-cockpit. it uses GPS data to try to simulate an airplane cockpit.... the app is amusing at best, but the cool stuff appears when you tap on each gauge.  for example if you select the "speed" indicator it will give you a nice analog looking speed view, click it again and it will start graphing your speed over time. (something i always wanted my Garmin to do so i could do a better job at calculating fuel burn. You can export the data and email it to yourself as a spreadsheet. (it eats up the battery pretty fast, but for OCD people like me who log EVERYTHING this is just another reason (in addition to web porn) i like the ipad / iphone on a boat.

I realize the ipad isnt perfect, not really built for the marine world, and is only useful in certain places at certain times, BUT the battery life should cover most trips, the apps (specifically chart plotters) are really good and only getting better, and requires ZERO install onto a boat.  I think its better then nothing for a small panga and a nice addition to most setups.

-Grant


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« Reply #16 on: August 05, 2010, 06:50:19 AM »

I think that an iPad in an otterbox would be great for the boat.  Especially since they have engine monitoring software for it http://www.panbo.com/archives/2010/08/simon2_for_ipad_smaller_yachts.html#more looks like you can even monitor things such as bilge pumps. Pretty damn cool. 

Right now though I just can't justify dropping 800 on an iPad when I can get another MacBook for just a couple hundred more.

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« Reply #17 on: March 01, 2011, 05:19:42 PM »

I have an I pad i carry works nice However I only use it for weather apps along with text free,   Here in the keys we have good 3g
but  once out from 3g,  turn the thing off.   Grant,  I too used my ipad with boat rentals,, I see you been with the Nauti Nymps   Fountain line


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« Reply #18 on: May 14, 2011, 06:27:58 PM »

I have Gps on my non-3G IPAD.  I bought an aftermarket Bluetooth self powered GPS receiver that connects to my IPAD wirelessly.  The unit is about 1" x 4" x 3/8" has it's own battery, charges from a cigarette lighter and lasts about 8 - 10 hours without charging.  I can't remember where I got it, but it is a GNS 5870 MFI Bluetooth GPS Receiver.  Works great without 3G or WiFi.
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« Reply #19 on: May 14, 2011, 06:31:24 PM »

By the way, I forgot to mention this, it will still connect to your bluetooth enabled stereo while receiving a signal from the GPS so you can listen to your music while you get directions.  Inside my Otterbox, my IPAD is almost bulletproof and I'm not connected to any wires unless the IPAD needs charging.
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